Nicki Minaj’s husband is officially facing new consequences due to legal troubles

Nicki Minaj’s husband, Kenneth Petty, was recently in the midst of a serious legal controversy following his 1995 arrest. Petty was charged with attempted first-degree rape in New York at the age of 16, according to Rolling Stone. After his arrest, he spent about four years in a New York state prison. Although he has not since been arrested on a similar charge, he was arrested on a different basis in 2020. Petty relocated from New York to Los Angeles and, according to NBC News, did not register as a sex offender after moving. He was arrested after being pulled over by Beverly Hills police, but was later released on $20,000 bail.

According to People, Petty completed a plea bargain in 2021 and was scheduled to appear in court in 2022. Minaj and Petty were sued by his rape victim, Jennifer Hough, for intimidating her into retracting her allegations against Petty. She claims they offered her $20,000 in cash and a total of $500,000 to retract her testimony, according to People, which she refused to accept.

Hough sues Petty and Minaj for emotional distress. She told The New York Times in 2021, “If I lie now and say I lied then, do you know what that does?” She continued, “You know what that does to my two little girls or even my sons will say?” Now Petty is threatened with new legal consequences for his previous actions.

Kenneth Petty was officially convicted

Kenneth Petty, Nicki Minaj’s husband, has been officially convicted after failing to register as a sex offender in the state of California. Before the hearing, he faced a maximum sentence of 10 years. According to People, the hearing was held in Los Angeles on July 6 and a verdict was reached. Petty is fined $55,000 and sentenced to one year house arrest and three years probation, according to CBS News.

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Petty pleaded guilty to not being registered as a sex offender in California last year. His attorneys, Michael Goldstein and Hagop Kuyumjian, released a statement via USA Today that read, “We appreciate and respect the court’s decision to grant the defense’s motion for parole and house arrest.”

After his sentencing, Minaj posted a photo of Petty with her son (his name is unknown) on Instagram to support her husband. The second photo in the carousel shows Minaj posing with Petty while carrying her son on his shoulders. According to the Daily Mail, Minaj and Petty live in a multi-million dollar mansion in Calabasas, where he will complete his house arrest. The couple have been together since 2018 and married in 2019. The couple have yet to issue a statement of sentencing.